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Wet Weekend

Oct 2, 2015
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With flood warnings still in place from a drenching earlier this week, Virginians are bracing for another dose of rain through the weekend.

Joaquin a No Show, Responders Relieved

Oct 2, 2015

It now appears that Hurricane Joaquin will stay well off the coast of Virginia and other eastern states, but local residents and first responders are still on guard, with substantial rainfall expected through the weekend.  Sandy Hausman has details.

With steady rain today and a forecast for more of the same, a flash flood watch remains in effect for much of our listening area with gusty winds expected for the next 24 hours.  First responders like Mike Rabin – a volunteer firefighter from Crozet – remain on alert.

Jesse Matthew, Jr Gets Three Life Prison Terms

Oct 2, 2015

Jesse Matthew, Junior of Charlottesville has been sentenced to three life prison terms for the attempted capital murder and sexual assault of a woman a decade ago in Northern Virginia.

The judge ordered the sentences to be served consecutively at the hearing this afternoon in Fairfax.  Matthew’s family asked the judge for lenience, and a former girlfriend wrote a letter on Matthew’s behalf, saying he had been raped as a child.

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Virginia has begun distributing the funds from a $17.5 million federal grant to expand and enhance the Commonwealth’s early childhood education efforts.  Governor McAuliffe toured one of the schools that received money for its program and explained that the funds will be awarded to 11 high-need school divisions.

The Governor says the federal grant will bring additional children into the Virginia Preschool Initiative, which currently serves 18-thousand at-risk four-year-olds.

“We are now able to provide pre-k for about 13,000 of Virginia’s students over the 4-year period.”